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Lake County Law and Order

Updated: December 15, 2012 6:22AM



Hammond

Surprise for woman turns into battery

A Hammond man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with armed robbery, battery with a deadly weapon and attempted battery with a deadly weapon in an assault last week.

Cedell Leon Wright, 44, of the 1100 block of Moss Street, faces a maximum 20-year sentence if convicted of the charges filed in the Nov. 7 assault in the 1100 block of Lyons Street.

A woman told police Wright was doing some painting for her as a way to repay some money he owes her. After he started working, he told her that he had a surprise and took her to the kitchen area, where he covered her eyes. The woman told police she felt something sharp across her throat, yelled for him to stop and felt the knife blade slide across the right side of her throat, the probable cause affidavit states.

A struggle ensued, and Wright began slamming the woman’s head into the floor, then grabbed a hanging door decoration and tried to strangle her with it. Wright then ordered the woman to stand, then dragged her by her feet to the kitchen, where he tried to strike her with a hammer. The woman asked Wright why he was doing this and he said he needed money. The woman got about $240 from her purse and gave it to Wright, who made her promise not to call the police or he would kill her.

She was treated at Franciscan St. Margaret Health for her injuries, which included cuts on her fingers and bruises.

Dyer

Merrillville man faces 5 charges

A 21-year-old Merrillville man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with five felonies — two counts of burglary and three counts of theft — in connection with garage break-ins and thefts from vehicles in Dyer.

Michael John McGarrity, of the 400 block of East 69th Place, also is charged with misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and possession of a handgun without a permit.

Police were called at about 10 p.m. Nov. 7 to the 600 block of Pierce Street, where a tipster reported someone was breaking into vehicles. McGarrity was stopped about 30 minutes later in the 2700 block of Hart Street after officers spotted his car, which matched the description provided by the caller. Several items that had reported stolen, including speakers, a large backpack, purse and pill bottle with the name of one of the victims, were inside the car in plain view. In addition, police found flashlights, a reciprocating saw and a dehumidifier. Inside McGarrity’s pocket police found bullets. A semi-automatic handgun was on the driver’s side floorboard.

The charges are punishable by a maximum 20-year sentence.



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